Song of the Day #4,664: ‘Blow’ – Beyoncé

While I won’t argue with anybody who names 2016’s Lemonade as Beyoncé’s masterpiece, I do feel respect must be paid to the icon’s 2013 self-titled album.

The daring and sexy Beyoncé was the artist’s first “visual album” and the first she dropped unannounced, two tactics she repeated with great success on Lemonade. In ‘XO,’ ‘Drunk in Love’ and ‘Flawless,’ the album offered up three tracks as iconic as anything on its follow-up.

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Song of the Day #4,513: ‘Naughty Girl’ – Beyoncé

The same year Jay-Z released what he called his “retirement” album, his new girlfriend and future wife, Beyoncé Knowles, released her debut, Dangerously in Love.

Beyoncé had a successful career already as part of Destiny’s Child, but the trio had begun releasing solo material in order to boost the band’s profile. The move wound up boosting Beyoncé’s profile, no doubt, but Destiny’s Child released only one more album and Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams had less illustrious solo careers.

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Song of the Day #4,186: ‘Hold Up’ – Beyoncé

Best Albums of the 2010s – #6
Lemonade – Beyoncé (2016)

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is more than a great collection of songs (though it is that). It is a personal and political statement, at once deeply confessional and universally deep. It is also a “visual album” that links its tracks with spoken-word poetry and mesmerizing visuals.

It’s a project only an artist with the confidence and swagger of Beyoncé could pull off. And pull it off she does, beautifully.

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Song of the Day #3,970: ‘All Night’ – Beyoncé

‘All Night’ is the penultimate track on Beyoncé’s extraordinary 2016 “visual album” Lemonade. The early single ‘Formation’ closes things out, but this track is the emotional resolution, and on of the album’s best songs.

Much was made of the anger on Lemonade‘s early tracks (“he better call Becky with the good hair”), and people initially thought the album might even be Beyoncé’s very public way of leaving Jay-Z.

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Song of the Day #3,962: ‘Before I Let Go’ – Beyoncé

Last month,
Beyoncé dropped a surprise album and Netflix film documenting her historic performance at 2018’s Coachella festival.

Beyoncé was the first Black woman to headline that event, and she delivered an instantly iconic show that utilized marching bands from historically black colleges and universities to deliver a celebration of Black culture.

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